Bolton eager to ride Cup feel-good factor
Published 13:26 19/02/12 By MirrorFootball
Bolton boss Owen Coyle is urging his players to use Saturday's 2-0 FA Cup fifth round win over Millwall as a platform to heave themselves out of the Barclays Premier League relegation zone.
The Trotters eased past Millwall at the New Den with a goal in each half. The impressive Ryo Miyaichi opened the scoring after only four minutes and David Ngog settled the tie just before the hour-mark.
Coyle was expecting a tough examination of a side who had lost their last two league games and slipped to 19th in the table, only a point clear of bottom side Wigan.
He said: "There's no getting away from the fact we were disappointed with our performance in the first half last week, so it certainly gives us a good feeling to win any game and we'll take that into the Barclays Premier League with some big games ahead of us - but ones we're looking forward to."
The performance of his players, with both Miyaichi and defender Tim Ream making their full debuts, pleased Coyle although the former Burnley boss is still hoping for improvements.
"We looked a real threat when we passed and moved the ball," he said.
"The object of the exercise was to make sure we're in the draw for the quarter-final. Overall it was a very good performance from start to finish, but equally there are bits and pieces you - as a manager - think you could do better.
"At times we could have passed and moved it better, and that would have culminated in more chances. We scored two good goals and could've added a few more into the bargain."